Art by algorithm

An average increase; Eric Kassel’s 24 hrs in Photos in which he exhibited 24 hours worth of photos uploaded to Flickr. Photo by Boris Horvat/Getty. From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead? Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. His latest book is What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (2017). When IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer defeated the world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, … Continue reading Art by algorithm

Don’t look away

Opposition troops during heavy fighting, shelling and airstrikes near the oil refinery in Ras Lanuf in Eastern Libya, 11 March 2011. Photo by Lynsey Addario/Getty Images Reportage Photography came of age amid the wars and atrocities, as well as the humanitarian aspirations, of the modern world Jeremy Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea professor of history and director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. His latest books are Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O Hirschman (2013) and the co-authored Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (4th ed, 2014).  Mathew Brady, the great 19th-century American photographer, said: ‘The camera is the eye of history.’ The power … Continue reading Don’t look away

How We Bridge the Real and the Ideal: Frederick Douglass on Art as a Tool of Constructive Self-Criticism and a Force of Cultural Progress

Art by William Blake for a rare 1808 edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost “The process by which man is able to posit his own subjective nature outside of himself … is at [the] bottom of all effort and the germinating principles of all reform and all progress.” BY MARIA POPOVA “True art, when it happens to us, challenges the ‘I’ that we are,” Jeanette Winterson wrote in her arresting meditation on how art transforms us. That transformation is one of the most powerful personal experiences a human being can have, but it is also one of the most powerful motive forces of progress for humanity … Continue reading How We Bridge the Real and the Ideal: Frederick Douglass on Art as a Tool of Constructive Self-Criticism and a Force of Cultural Progress

Inside Israel’s Doomsday Spaces

ADAM REYNOLDS Pup Cultural Center Kibbutz Kfar Aza GIMME SHELTER ‘Architecture of An Existential Threat’ provides a visually compelling insight to the cultural and geographical perspective of bomb shelters in Israel today. by KELLY CAMINERO Architecture of An Existential Threat provides a visually compelling insight to the cultural and geographical perspective of bomb shelters in Israel today. Adam Reynolds refers to these ubiquitous bomb shelters as “doomsday spaces.” He approaches these interior spaces by capturing the importance of proportion and scale. These photographs reveal the normalcy of survival in the most extreme situations. His perspective sheds light on the a country constantly … Continue reading Inside Israel’s Doomsday Spaces

Fractal: A Magnificent Supercell Thunderstorm Timelapse by Chad Cowanby Christopher

by Jobson on May 31, 2017 For the last decade, Kansas-based photographer Chad Cowan has driven almost 100,000 miles across the United States chasing powerful supercell thunderstorms and recording them in high definition. The endeavor began as a personal project to capture a few storms as they developed but quickly grew into a full-blown obsession. Cowan has recorded hundreds of storms and condensed the highlights into this short film titled Fractal with editing help from Kevin X Barth. He shares about the nature of thunderstorms: The ingredient based explanation for supercell thunderstorms cites moisture, wind shear, instability and lift as the reasons for their formation. … Continue reading Fractal: A Magnificent Supercell Thunderstorm Timelapse by Chad Cowanby Christopher

Facebook Wants to Determine Users’ Emotions by Taking Secret Photos

Facebook has just filed a patent for a system that will allow the network to photograph you without your permission – and according to some experts, they have every legal right to. Facebook has filed a patent for a system that would allow them to tailor user experience by analyzing users’ emotions. Using the front facing camera on a person’s laptop or smartphone, the platform would take temporary photos of the user to determine their emotional reaction to stories they see on on the social media site and adjust the content accordingly. © REUTERS/ BLUE HOUSE/YONHAP South Korea Leader Offers to ‘Share Thoughts’ on Communication With Facebook CEO … Continue reading Facebook Wants to Determine Users’ Emotions by Taking Secret Photos

The World’s Most Inspirational Iceberg Isn’t What It Seem

THE MAN AND HIS MILLION-DOLLAR PHOTO: Ralph Clevenger next to the photo he created. Photo courtesy of Ralph Clevenger The professional photographer who created a popular poster image takes it apart. BY ZACH ST. GEORGE What do the Volkswagen diesel scandal and the European migrant crisis have in common? They’ve both been referred to as the “tip of the iceberg.” The popular expression reflects the fact that, as impressive as the visible portion of an iceberg is, the vast majority of it (usually about 90%) is underwater. Over the past 20 years, one photograph has become associated with the cliché more … Continue reading The World’s Most Inspirational Iceberg Isn’t What It Seem